EU / Europe

British-German Outlook Group

The British-German Outlook Group is a yearly exchange organised by SWP together with our partner Chatham House and kindly funded by the German Foreign Office. The Outlook Group brings together officials and leading expert of both countries for an exchange on the future of Europe, British-German relations and joint foreign policy interests.

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Debate on the Future of Europe

The European Policy Institutes Network participates in the debate about Europe’s future by publishing expert analyses, and works to improve mutual understanding through discussion of national discourses. Its members are think tanks and policy institutes from almost all the EU member-states and accession candidates.

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German-Polish Dialogue

Researchers from SWP and the Osrodek Studiów Wschodnich (Centre for Eastern Studies) in Warsaw conduct a German-Polish think-tank dialogue on political, social and economic developments in the post-Soviet states.

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German-Spanish Dialogue

The German-Spanish Dialogue is conducted by SWP and its partner, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), with support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Currently interest centres on the challenges of European integration and the European and foreign policies of Spain and Germany.

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IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellowship Program

The fellowship program run by the Stiftung Mercator, the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) and the SWP seeks to challenge stereotypes about German, European and Turkish politics and rectify fundamental knowledge deficits in German and EU relationships with Turkey.

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International Peace and Security

Armed Forces Dialogue

In this project, initiated in 1993 as “Ebenhausen Dialogue”, the General Inspector of the German Bundeswehr invites annually a group of high-ranking military leaders to discuss current topics of foreign and international security policy. The dialogue aims to facilitate a critical exchange of views. Temporarily there were up to three seminars: Dialogue with the Russian Federation (1993-2013), Dialogue with Russian Field Officers (2001-2009), and the ongoing Dialogue with Ukraine (since 1995).

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International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (iPRAW)

The »International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons« (iPRAW) assesses options for the regulation of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). To that end, the interdisciplinary group for scientists looks into several aspects like technological basis, artificial intelligence, and ethical questions.

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Transatlantic Relations

TAPIR

The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open to doctoral candidates in social science, economics and politics for research in the field of international relations and/or international peace and security.

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Daimler EU-US-Program

The Daimler U.S. European Forum on Global Issues is hosted by the Brookings Institution (Washington), the Centre for European Reform (London) and the SWP, with the support of Daimler AG. Its objective is to conduct a regular, confidential dialogue on international politics involving leaders and think tanks from the United States and the European Union.

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Middle East and Africa

German-Iranian Dialogue

The German-Iranian Dialogue involves researchers from SWP and the Iranian Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) in Tehran, alongside experts from the fields of politics and administration. The discussion centres on bilateral relations, political developments in the Middle East and questions of regional security.

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German-Israeli Dialogue

The German-Israeli Dialogue involves researchers from SWP and the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, alongside participants from the fields of politics and administration. The discussions, conducted jointly with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, centre on bilateral relations, current political developments in the Middle East and questions of regional security.

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Israel and its regional and global conflicts: Domestic developments, security issues and foreign affairs

The project endeavours to allow for an in-depth and profound understanding of current and long-term trends of Israeli society and politics, the Middle East conflict, as well as Israel’s relationships to its neighbouring countries, to Germany and to the EU, as well as other relevant international players.

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Asia

Berlin Conference on Asian Security (BCAS)

The annual »Berlin Conference on Asian Security« facilitates an exchange of information and expertise on Asia-Pacific security questions between Asian, American and European scholars and politicians.

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German-Japanese Dialogue

The SWP and the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo stage German-Japanese Dialogues on foreign and security policy matters approximately every 18 months. The venue alternates between Berlin and Tokyo.

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Taiwan 2nd Track

Annual workshops on the Taiwan question and relations between China and the European Union are organized jointly by SWP and the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS).

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Environment, Energy, Climate, and other Global Issues

Energy System Transformation and Geopolitics

Focusing on the transformation of energy systems in the Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, this project aims to explore the potential geopolitical impact these transformations may have on the European Union and its relations with important partner countries and regions, as well as to sound out the political options for action for Germany and the EU.

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Forced Displacement, Migration, and Development

The research project »Forced Displacement, Migration and Development« examines fundamental and practical questions of development cooperation in the area of forced displacement and migration at the global, regional and national levels. In addition to developing recommendations for political action, the project also serves to coordinate a number of current research initiatives in this area.

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Global Health

Health, mainly the fight against infectious diseases and the development of resilient health systems, is gaining importance in international and security affairs worldwide. In a pilot project, SWP aims at strengthening health issues in the international and security affairs debate in Germany. Primarily, we will identify core research needs and connect existing expertise.

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High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

This research project investigates the debate around the reforms that the UN member states are negotiating for the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2019/2020; these reforms are expected to be implemented in 2021. The empirical research strives to identify options for reform and, on that basis, will inform recommendations for action.

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Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Germany)

Founded in 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) connects scientists around the world to develop solutions for sustainable development. The SDSN Germany combines knowledge and capacity within Germany to promote sustainable development within the country as well as promoting the German commitment for sustainable development worldwide.

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Transnational Cooperation

Germany, India, Brazil & South Africa (GIBSA) Quadrilogue

In the GIBSA Quadrilogues the SWP discusses perceptions, interests and cooperation opportunities in the fields of international relations and regional affairs with partner institutes from India, Brazil and South Africa.

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Completed Projects

The challenges of digitalization for German Foreign and Security Policy (compl.)

The project »The challenges of digitalization for German Foreign and Security Policy« analyses the institutional parameters of a German cyber foreign and security policy in order to further German principles of data security and data privacy as well as processes of norms-setting at the European and global level.

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EU Security Agencies (compl.)

The research project »Delegating Security? EU Agencies in Internal and External Security Policy«, supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, investigates control and effectiveness of selected EU security agencies, such as the European Defence Agency and the border policing body Frontex.

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European External Energy Governance (compl.)

The international, interdisciplinary research project »Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers« examines the phenomenon of emerging powers as cooperation partners in energy supply questions, and the challenges that presents for EU external energy policy.

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Forced displacement and development cooperation (compl.)

The research project »Forced Displacement and Development Cooperation« investigates in what ways German and European development cooperation can address the challenges of (protracted) refugee situations. Apart from developing policy recommendations the project also serves as a coordinating body for a number of other initiatives in this emerging research area.

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The Future of International Order (compl.)

The process of globalization and the global shift of the centers of economic and political gravity from the North and the West to the (Far) East and the South causes fundamental changes in the international order. An interdisciplinary working group reflects on and analyzes the causes, perspectives and possible implications of those changes.

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ISSICEU (compl.)

The project »Intra- and Inter-Societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond« (ISSICEU) analyses political regimes, civic participation, economic interdependencies and neighbourhood influences in the Caucasus. SWP focuses on the role of Turkey as an actor and factor in configuring political space in the Caucasus, particularly in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict.

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Jihadism on the Internet (compl.)

Jihadist networks use the internet to expand their ethnic and national base. The project »Jihadism on the Internet: The Internationalization of Violence Discourses in the World Wide Web« addressed the consequences.

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Making the international trade system work for climate change (compl.)

The project investigates potential synergies between the international trade regime and the climate regime (i.a. WTO, Paris-Agreement). The focus is on analyzing the role of trade policy measures in achieving international climate protection targets.

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Mapping Local Landscapes in the Syrian Conflict: Actors, Networks and Structures (compl.)

The project concentrates on micro-analyses and on mappings of important local dynamics and actors, ranging from armed groups over local administrative institutions and local notables to civil society actors, in war-torn Syria. Their contribution to service and aid delivery, governance, local stabilization and potential post-conflict state building are the main focus of the project.

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MORE - Modelling and mapping the risk of Serious and Organised Crime Infiltration in legitimate businesses across European territories and sectors (compl.)

The project identifies, maps and models the risk of serious and organised crime infiltration in legitimate business across the EU. Data and cases are collected and analysed in order to identify risk factors, to develop a risk-assessment model and to map the risk of infiltration in the 28 EU member states.

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New Power New Responsibility (compl.)

Since the fall of 2012 some 50 experts on foreign and security policy have discussed key future challenges for German foreign and security policy in a series of conferences and workshops, initiated by the German Marshall Fund (GMF) and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP).

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Research Centre NORDEN (RENOR) (compl.)

The Research Centre Norden (RENOR) is concerned with cooperation between Germany and the Nordic countries, especially in the EU context, and the question of how it can be expanded and deepened. The project also researches EU policies in the Nordic countries and forms of regional – especially Nordic – cooperation.

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Security and Defence in Northern Europe (SNE) (compl.)

The research project explores contemporary opportunities and challenges embodied in patterns of regional security and defence cooperation. In particular, it deals with the role of Northern Europe in the changing Euro-Atlantic security architecture.

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Security Cooperation and Strategic Culture (compl.)

The influence of strategic cultures can promote the development of cooperative security structures or counteract it. The circumstances of influence are not sufficiently understood. This project uses the example of missile defense to analyze how guiding principles (Leitbilder) affect the opportunities for better security cooperation in Europe.

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SFB 700/D1: Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Areas of Limited Statehood (compl.)

The SFB 700/D1 project explores the conditions for the success of transnational partnerships for sustainable development in fragile areas. The current funding phase focuses on analyzing relevant actors’ perspectives of the impact of these partnerships and their respective suggestions for the future meta-governance of these partnerships.

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Youth Bulge (compl.)

The Youth Bulge project investigates the consequences of a disproportionately large young population – currently found mainly in developing and emerging economies – for questions of security and development policy, and derives lessons for German and international development cooperation.

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Military Operations by the German Armed Forces in Flux (compl.)

The project “Military Operations by the German Armed Forces in Flux: Prospects for the Future and Lessons Learned” analyzes the objectives and impacts of past as well as current foreign military operations abroad by the German Armed Forces. The project’s aim is to draw conclusions from past engagement and to offer policy recommendations for German decision-makers concerning future engagements.

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SWP Comments

Molly O’Neal
The European Commission’s Enhanced Rule of Law Mechanism

 


Raphael Bossong
The Expansion of Frontex

Symbolic Measures and Long-term Changes in EU Border Management


SWP Research Papers

Evita Schmieg
Connections between Trade Policy and Migration

A Sphere of Action for the EU


Daniel Voelsen
Cracks in the Internet’s Foundation

The Future of the Internet’s Infrastructure and Global Internet Governance